GSE Publications

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

January 2005


Development and revitalization in Philadelphia has suffered for years under the weight of a political culture that discourages public input. Backroom deals and personal relationships have often seemed to define the "public interest." This is the story of one attempt to give the public a voice in city planning and development.


Reprinted from The Deliberative Democracy Handbook : Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the Twenty-First Century, edited by John Gastil and Peter Levine (San Francisco:Jossey-Bass, 2005), pages 185-196.



Date Posted: 06 April 2007